Snowshoes, Shovels and Science

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved the mountains and snow. Add in a slight obsession with plants and you’ve arrived at my PhD research topic: assessing how sensitive Australian alpine plants are to the effects of climate change. For one part of my research, I’m doing a winter field experiment in which I’m manipulating … Continue reading Snowshoes, Shovels and Science

Tall Alpine Herbfield: Covered with tufty grass and wildflowers in summer

"And now we find ourselves on the edge of the great morass, snow-filled in winter, and covered with tufty grass and wildflowers in summer." - From the Illustrated guide to the Australian Alps and Buffalo Ranges published by the Bright Alpine Club in around 1890. Richea continentis: Candle Heath or Richea continentis really stands out amongst … Continue reading Tall Alpine Herbfield: Covered with tufty grass and wildflowers in summer

Wet Alpine Heath: With innumerable spikes of pale creamy-yellow flowers

I noticed that trees were very scarce at this altitude, but low, bushy shrubs, notably the Alpine Heath, with innumerable spikes of pale creamy-yellow flowers, were plentiful. - From Valley of the Flowers at Mt. Kosciuszko by Betty Askew, in The Sun December 1940. As you are heading into the valley the soil is getting soggier and … Continue reading Wet Alpine Heath: With innumerable spikes of pale creamy-yellow flowers

Plant Communities of Charlotte Pass: Where the river runs those giant hills between

"Where the river runs those giant hills between" - Man from Snowy River by Banjo Patterson. Some of Kosciusko National Park's most popular walking tracks, including the Snow Gums Boardwalk and the Main Range Walk, start from Charlotte Pass Lookout, and the walks have great signs about the vegetation and climate. But I wrote a … Continue reading Plant Communities of Charlotte Pass: Where the river runs those giant hills between